Phonebloks might look like a child's construction toy, but it's a new kind of gadget you never throw away, simply upgrade when you need to A NEW smartphone design could reduce the electronic waste mountain caused by people constantly updating and upgrading their personal devices.
Too often, people throw away an older gadget even though many - or most - of its parts are still working fine. In countless cases, simply fitting a new battery or replacing a broken screen wouldmake it almost as good as new.
The team behind Phonebloks (phonebloks. com) quite rightly think that's daft, and want to introduce a clever new modular design for mobiles. Their concept phone is made of plug-and-play parts that all connect to a central circuit board. If any of the parts wear out, get broken, or if you simply want to buy a better one, you just swap them for replacements.
A keen photographer might upgrade to a better camera module. A frequent traveller might ditch the camera altogether, in favour of a bigger battery module. There are hundreds of possibilities.
The concept design looks pretty drab in various shades of grey, but the thinking behind it is revolutionary. Imagine never having to buy a phone again, but simply buying block-shaped parts for your phone, as and when you need them.
Bloks wouldn't need to be lockedin to onemanufacturer. Phonebloks is intended as an open platform. Big brands could build bloks - and so could ordinary people.
You can sign up, and add your support, at phonebloks. com.
ISBABY BORN YET?
BABY'S on the way, all your friends and relatives are on tenterhooks - how do you quickly spread the word when it's born? Bornyet is a simple solution.
Go to the website (bornyet. com) and type your unborn baby's nickname into the box. You'll get a simple webpage that you can update on the big day from your phone with a few taps. The service costs
It works just like AirBnB, with hosts posting details and photos, and guests posting feedback after their stay. Look for something affordable and with good reviews from other guests and you basically can't go wrong.
digital time capsules on the web.
You can create your capsule by simply emailing content in reply to a message the site sends you when you sign up. It could be text or images or both. You then decide how long you want the capsule to last - at the moment, the choices are one month, six months, or a year.
You can invite friends to contribute to your capsule too. Get started at getforword. com
Phonebloks might look like a child's construction toy, but it's a new kind of gadget you never throw away, simply upgrade when you need to
A NEW smartphone design could reduce the electronic waste mountain caused by people constantly updating and upgrading their personal devices.